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BellSouth lobbyist indicted

AP reports: A lobbyist for BellSouth was charged Wednesday with campaign finance violations for allegedly charging the telephone company for a public opinion poll conducted for a U.S. Senate candidate, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Eliseo R. "Tito" Riera-Gomez was charged with six counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, one count of causing BellSouth to make a contribution in violation of the federal prohibition against disguised contributions made through conduits or strawmen, and one count of causing BellSouth to make a contribution in violation of the federal prohibition against corporate contributions.

If convicted of all counts, Riera-Gomez could face a maximum of 163 years in prison. -- AP Wire | 11/03/2004 | BellSouth lobbyist charged with campaign finance violations